Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Meet Your Legislators

You have the opportunity to meet your elected officials in the state legislature at local public hearings that they hold every year. These meetings are often held prior to the start of the next legislative session right in your own community so that you can voice your concerns. Here's a run down of a few such meetings I was able to locate doing a quick Google search:

November 13 - Osceola County Legislative Delegation, noon today at the Osceola County Commission Chambers, 1 Courthouse Square. More Details ...

November 15 - Pinellas County Legislative Delegation, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. More Details ...

November 16 - Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation, Roundtables, 9:00 a.m. at the Hillsborough County Courthouse, 6th Floor, 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa Parking: City of Tampa Twiggs Street, Garage, 901 E. Twiggs Street. More Details ...

November 28 - Duval County Legislative Delegation, Organizational Meeting and General Legislative Hearing is Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 1:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall, St. James Building, 1st Floor, located at 117 W. Duval Street. The purpose of the meeting is to elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman. Following the election, public testimony on general issues, legislation and appropriations will be heard. More Details ...

November 29 - Orange County Legislative Delegation, Orange County Commission Chambers located at 201 South Rosalind Ave., Orlando, 32801, from 3:00pm until completion. More Details ...

December 4 - Manatee County Legislative Delegation, 9 a.m. to noon at the Senior Enrichment Center. More Details ...

December 5 - Clay County Legislative Delegation, Organizational Meeting and General Legislative Hearing on Wednesday, December 5th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Board Room, Clay County Administrative Building, 477 Houston Street, Green Cove Springs. More Details ...

December 7 - Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation, public hearings and workshop at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 7, in Fred B. Karl County Center, 26th Floor Conference Center, 60 1 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa (parking available at Pierce Street Parking Garage, 319 Pierce Street with the entrance on Jackson Street). More Details ...

January 3 - Pinellas County Legislative Delegation, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at The Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport. On this date, final action will be taken on all Local Bills. More Details ...

The website for the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation has lots of useful information including a complete list of their public hearings for this year:

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
South Florida Water Management District Headquarters,
B-1 Auditorium
3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Florida Atlantic University, Live Oak Pavilion
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

Monday, December 17, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Belle Glade City Hall
110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Belle Glade

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jupiter Community Center
200 Military Trail, Jupiter ** Local Bill Hearing **

Monday, January 28, 2008 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Flagler Museum
1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach

To find information on your Legislative Delegation, type the name of your county, plus the words "legislative delegation" and search any search engine. The news section of the search engine is a good place to look as well as simply checking your local newspaper.

If you know of a legislative delegation meeting, please feel free to email me or post it to the calendar.

Hat tip to Gene Smith for the idea of posting legislative delegation meeting announcements.